How to train a samoyed to stop barking

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How to train a samoyed to stop barking
Samoyeds tend to bark excessively. (Samoyed image by Nickolay Bolshakov from Fotolia.com)

Samoyeds, like many Northern breeds, have a tendency to bark. In fact, according to the Samoyed Rescue Alliance, excessive barking is one of the reasons many folks give their Samoyeds up for adoption. Fortunately, if you practice a few techniques and are devoted to their success, you can stop your Samoyed from barking excessively.

Skill level:
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    Exercise your Samoyed, suggests the Samoyed Rescue Alliance. A Samoyed with pent-up energy tends to bark more than one that had the opportunity to physically exert itself. If a Samoyed is exhausted, it is likely too tired to bark. Exercise your Samoyed by going for walks or runs, enrolling him in an agility class, or visiting dog parks to allow it to run around.

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    Reward your Samoyed when it is quiet. Give her treats and affection when it is not barking. Eventually, she will associate the rewards with quiet behaviour.

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    Ignore your Samoyed's barking, says Samoyed Rescue Alliance. Some owners unintentionally teach their Samoyeds that barking will get them what they want. For instance, if your Samoyed is outside and wants to come in, it may bark at the door. If you open the door to make it stop, you are rewarding and reinforcing barking behaviour by giving it what it was asking for. Rather, let your Samoyed in once it stops barking and is quiet. It will eventually learn that not barking will open the door.

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  • Figuring out why your Samoyed is barking can help to stop the behaviour. Oftentimes, Samoyeds bark out of boredom, frustration and loneliness. Therefore, pay attention to the times in which your dog barks and provide an alternative to barking. If it is bored, provide toys, such as those made of hard rubber that allow you to hide a treat inside, or play with it to curb barking. If your Samoyed is frustrated, providing exercise often provides an outlet for frustration. Furthermore, if it is lonely, spend plenty of time with your Samoyed or enrol it in doggy day care while you are away.

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